Quilts for care baskets

First Baptist Church-Quilt tying

Photos by Bridget Weishaar
First Baptist church members Haylee Weissenbach and Ceara Funk lend a hand tying together baby quilts Saturday morning. The finished quilts will be donated to the Down Syndrome Guild and placed in care packages for local hospitals.


by Bridget Weishaar
When Christine Funk first approached the secretary of the First Baptist Church of McLouth with the idea of a sew-in, she had one thing on her mind—comforting others.
Eleven and a half years ago, Funk and her husband, Jason, left the hospital with a simple book and a baby girl named Sarah, who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
The idea of the sew-in came to light in early May when Funk took her proposal to the American Baptist Women’s group at church asking for permission. In less than a month’s time, Terry Lassen, an ABW member and avid quilter, volunteered to head the project and set the plan in motion.
Lassen secured donations from Quilting Memories, Missouri Star Quilt Company, the Senior Quilt Club of Tonganoxie as well as donations within the community and church members themselves.  With the help of social media sites, donations arrived in the form of six finished quilts from as far away as Utah.
Funk and her daughters, Sarah, Elizabeth and Madeline, along with Lassen and 35 other women, young and old alike from all over the county, gathered in the church basement early Saturday morning and geared for a day of sewing, serging, ironing and hand-tying baby quilts.
The goal of the project—to provide handmade baby quilts to be placed in care baskets of children born in the Kansas City area with Down Syndrome.
Roughly 25 quilts were made throughout the day and will be donated to the Down Syndrome Guild and placed in care packages handed out in over 20 different hospitals in the KC Metro, Lawrence and Topeka areas to families of children born with Down Syndrome.
“When a newborn baby arrives that has down syndrome, it can be an overwhelming experience for the family.  I want families to know they are not alone in their journey and that others care about them and celebrate the birth of their beautiful child,”  Funk stated.

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